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Monday, February 06, 2006

More On The Cartoon Controversy

Three more comments on this mess. Firstly, I think this little publicised incident supports my earlier contention that it was right to criticise (albeit not threaten) newspapers who published the cartoons gratuitously. Muslim Week


An anti-Semitic cartoon in a Muslim paper, which depicts Israel's acting Prime Minister, Ehud Olmert, as a hook-nosed figure wearing a giant Star of David, last night drew protests from MPs and Jewish groups. (for more click here)


Muslim Weekly deserves to be condemned. Especially at a time when relations between Britain's Muslim and Jewish communities are sensitive, publishing an anti-Semitic cartoon is morally repugnant and will only contribute to anti-Jewish feeling. I feel that the Danish newspaper's actions falls into a similar category.

Secondly, I was listening to Radio 5 Live yesterday and the editor of Der Spiegel which published the cartoons in Germany, said that he regarded the cartoon of the Prophet with a bomb in his turban as a political statement about Islam. This to me is telling of the anti-Muslim sentiment of those responsible for the cartoons.

Thirdly, Sunny at pickled politics points out that for once the Muslim Council of Britain had something sensible to say in condemning the hateful protesters in the London. This to me is indicative of the fact that those holding up the wretched placards were thugs who constitute a fringe element of Muslim society.

Finally also on pickled politics, Hari Kunzru has a superb piece dealing with all the issues presented by the controversy including his own experiences of 'middle-class racism' in Denmark.

4 Comments:

Blogger Jordan said...

Jews have the right to be upset at hooked nose cartoons, just like muslims have the right to be upset at bombed shaped turbans.

But thats where our "rights" end. We have to take a breath, stand-back, and tell ourselves that they are just cartoons and hope will survive.

If absolutely 100% necessary, we could have the ADL send a strongly worded message to the editor :)

11:51 pm, February 06, 2006  
Blogger reformist_muslim said...

Hi Jordan, I pretty much agree with you. All violence in response to this needs to be condemned.

With the people who torched embassies in the Middle East, I've read somewhere that the dossier spread around the world by may have included cartoons which were much worse than the original ones. If true, the Muslims resonsible for that need to be brought to account.

However just because there was violence (which in the uk was by a fringe group) shouldn't take away from the underlying problems of racism - at least in Denmark.

9:42 am, February 07, 2006  
Blogger Sultan said...

Reformist Muslim

What was racist about cartoons? I am only asking to have a clear idea.

8:09 am, April 01, 2006  
Blogger reformist_muslim said...

Sultan, I thought the caricature of the Prophet with a bomb in his turban as racist or influenced by racist feelings. It tried to portray Muslims as inherently violent. This was especially problematic coming in a country such as Denmark where xenophobia is increasing. The other cartoons were harmless in my opinion and the one about the virgins mildly amusing.

1:20 pm, April 02, 2006  

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